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Snark Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (3)

Snark is a hidden gem connecting Waterline Trail to Bandersnatch, with some narrow and steep sections.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

78%

Runnable

2,729' 832 m

High

2,379' 725 m

Low

394' 120 m

Up

44' 13 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed occasionally for forest resiliency work.

Runner Notes

Good for getting your heart rate up quickly.

Description

Snark is a relatively unknown gem in the lower Ashland trail system connecting Waterline Trail to Bandersnatch and with quick access to Red Queen. On the low end, it features some quiet, shaded forest areas and then climbs, often steeply, up to some sunny slopes to Bandersnatch.

This trail is a great alternative to the lower part of Bandersnatch and has very little traffic. Bikers seem to try this early in the morning and are seldom seen beyond that. Steep sections may be daunting for some runners in the dry time of year because of the ball bearing like nature of the decomposed granite surface.

This trail is more primitive--narrower and steeper--than most in the area and that is some of its appeal. On the other hand, the poison oak laps at your ankles, so beware.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, bears, mountain lions and the occasional rabbit. Lots of wild flowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Torsten Heycke

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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#264

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Enter the deep, forested recesses of the Snark Trail.
Jun 21, 2017 near Ashland, OR
The bottom of Snark Trail is buffed smooth.
Jun 21, 2017 near Ashland, OR
Snark trail as it climbs to Bandersnatch (Robert Nicholson photo)
Jun 22, 2017 near Ashland, OR

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